Dave Matthews Band



by cjlpigboy9 USER (1 Reviews)
December 30th, 2005 | 17 replies

Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

While "Under the Table and Dreaming" has become a classic album among DMB fans, "Crash" is the band's first fully realized statement and showcases what they are all about. The overall feel of the album when listened to from beginning to end, still after almost ten years, shows you why they are the premiere jam band of our generation. Although the songs flow together and create a sort of relaxed, upbeat vibe, each one retains its own unique character that make each one memorable.

The album opens with "So much to say", a fun and classic sound which catches the listener's ear every time, leading into some full fledged jam songs later in the album. The beginning of the album contains some of the more commercially friendly and known numbers like "so much to say" and "two step", "crash into me" and "too much".

Next the real fun starts as the band lets loose on some genuine jams following the beautifully written lyrics on "#41" which seques perfectly into "say goodbye". This song contains an african beat and feel to it with the band sounding tight and at the top of their game. These songs, along with "lie in our graves" and "tripping billies" provide some of the best jamming on the album, every note and beat is put to use, and each means something to the music.

From here, the album kind of goes all over the place until the end, but oddly every one of the songs sounds perfect where it is and fits on the album, adding to the ambience. It goes from the crashing rock of "drive in drive out" to the quiet guitar driven "I let you down". From the majestic plea of reform of "cry freedom", finally to a mostly tamed jammed flavored "proudest monkey" with the DMB classics "lie in our graves" and "tripping billies" (one of my personal favorites) in between.

Each DMB album has its own greatness and character and strength, but I think that "Crash" is the one I most closely associate with their sound. Its one of those albums that you could listen to it time and time again and never get bored. I feel its fair to say that "Crash" is a classic, and is one of the best albums of the 90's.


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January 31st 2006


Overall I think the review was pretty good. One of the things that I noticed is that you used a little bit of first person. Not a good thing to do in this case. (i.e. Last paragraph)

February 6th 2006


well I have to say that reading your review has inspired me to check this band out. I have heard of this band, but not really looked into them. But your reveiw has convinced me that I should check this shit out.

February 6th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You haven't listened to DMB? That's rare =)

February 6th 2006


lol yeah. My girlfriend has been talking about them latley.. so now I acually get a idea. Sounds like my kind of music :p

March 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Top to bottom, albums dont get much better than this one. I'd have to say, my 2 least favorite songs on here would be two of their most commercially successful ones, "too much" and "So Much to Say." This album is choc full of songs that Dave plays live during his encore...usually the 20 minute jam type. Two Step is my alltime favorite DMB song, one of my favorite songs ever. Lie in Our Graves and Drive in Drive out are also incredible songs. But to enjoy DMB, and I know its been said before, you have to see them live. They have a different kind of energy, and the whole place is always rockin'. It's always the best show I see in the summer, and I'm looking forward to it as I'm writing this. Let's face it...Dave is an incredible lyricist. I'd say he's a prophet for our generation. Awesome stuff, awesome band, terrific in every aspect. 5/5

March 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

I heard the "Live At Central Park" CD, and I've been hooked ever since. Looks like I'll have to check this record out.

dub sean
November 5th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

Wow I didn't realize how So Much to Say/Anyone Seen the Bridge/Too Much completes dominates the studio versions of Too Much and So Much to Say.

November 5th 2008


While "Under the Table and Dreaming" has become a classic album among DMB fans
not when compared to before the crowded streets, imo

dub sean
November 25th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

eww I would say I'm a dmb fan (seen em 4 times, own all the albums) and Before These Crowded Streets is my second to least favorite (Everyday takes #1, obviously).

April 3rd 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

Tripping Billies is an epical song.. especially to play drums along to

September 23rd 2010


Review is okay. The depth of music in this album is unfucking believable. Carter is top five drummers in music today, proving it on songs like "say goodbye" and "drive in drive out". The essence of daves unbelievable song writing is "lie in our graves" and "#41". One of the best albums of the 90's and honestly second DMB album only to before these crowded streets. DMB is one of the best bands around right now, and this album proves why.

September 23rd 2010


Whoah an upagainstthewall sighting!

September 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 1.0


March 28th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

There used to be time (late 90's), where if you knew how to play Crash Into Me on acoustic guitar it would be 100 percent guarentee you would get laid at a college party. Anybody got a time machine, cause I still know the chords.

June 13th 2011


i said my hell is the closet i'm stuck inside. can't see the light. and my heaven is a nice house in the sky - got central heating and i'm alright. yea yea yea

for some reason that's one of my favorite songs ever

January 19th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Jammin this So hard right now; forgot how great DMB is

February 5th 2017


My buddy basically forced me to get into this, but this album is pretty amazing. Dave's vocal lines especially get so stuck in your head, the way he sings rhythmically to the songs is so good.

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